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Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day

Darklord Zerato

Level 8
ATK/2800 DEF/2300
If there are 4 or more DARK monsters with different names in your Graveyard, you can Tribute Summon this monster by Tributing 1 DARK monster. You can send 1 DARK monster from your hand to the Graveyard to destroy all monsters your opponent controls. If you activate this effect, destroy this card during the End Phase of this turn.

Card Number - PTDN-EN081

Card Ratings
Traditional: 3.33
Advanced: 4.00

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.
3 is average.
5 is the highest rating.

Date Reviewed - 03.28.08


Dark Paladin

Closing the week, we look at Darklord Zerato, a card I'm surprised we haven't looked at yet. Darklord mirrors Archlord from Ancient Sanctuary, and has 2800 attack and 2300 defense, as you might have guessed, and is off the Dark type, yet still a Fairy...neat.

Anyway, if you have four or more Dark monsters with different names in your Graveyard, you can tribute only one monster to summon Darklord, instead of the normal two, as he is Level 8. Now, if you tribute a Dark monster you control, and then discard one more Dark monster from your Hand, you can destroy all monsters your opponent controls.

Now, Darklord Zerato is incredibly destructive, and may not be all that good, on it's own, especially if you do that effect and walk into a Mirror Force or something. Now, after activating this effect, Darklord Zerato is destroyed during your End Phase. Big deal, you should win in the turn you do this.

If you have Dark Armed Dragon on your Field also, and a couple of cards in your Hand to destroy whatever your opponent has face down on the Field, that is 5600 damage, and probably the game for you. Both of these cards work so well together, and I have all ready seen them work in the same Deck.


Traditional: 3/5 Not necessary with Chaos and OTK/FTK everywhere,
but it could still be a nasty Deck to play against.

Advanced: 4.25/5 For reasons and combos listed above.

Art: 5/5
General Zorpa Darklord Zerato
This is the second powerhouse of the Dark Armed Dragon deck. They form a love box, with Dark Magician of Chaos, Jinzo, Darklord Zerato and Dark Armed Dragon each claiming a corner. In playtesting (mind you against a Crystal Beast deck) I found that 40% of my wins were due to the field clearing effects of Darklord Zerato. You just discard a DARK monster to Raigeki the field. He does die at the end phase, but by then you will have already won if you set it up right. Then there is delicious icing on the cake. If you have 4 or more DARK monsters in your graveyard, you get to Summon him for just one tribute! There are few cards that can live up to Darklord's ability. Oh and it is a world exclusive card, so eat that up Japan.
What I find odd is that Konami/UDE seems to give game breaking effects to two tribute monsters with 2800 ATK. I mean Dark Magician of Chaos, Darklord Zerato, Dark Armed Dragon (well if he was able to be normal summoned he would be two tributes) and Light and Darkness Dragon. Anyway, DLZ, as he is being called on the forums, is what Yugimonz cards should be like. Swift, efficient and combo oriented. Plus some frickin sweet art if I do say so myself.

Jae Kim
Friday- Darklord Zerato

I think this card is highly overrated. But you can't really argue against its effectiveness as a one-of in DaD builds.

Premier Level- Zerato is splashable because Armageddon Knight basically mills him any time you want. He is also one of the best monsters to remove with Allure of Darkness. Voila, you have a DaD staple. Do please run not more than one.

Casual Level- I have no clue what the designers were thinking with Zerato, but he obviously wasn't intended for casual play. I'm not exactly certain (just got back and need to find this out), but a lot of secret rares and other cards are unique to the TCG version of the game, as compared to the OCG (Japanese version). Cards such as Allure of Darkness and Darklord Zerato are exclusive to us.

I can only assume that Upper Deck is then designing these cards. Other cards, such as Grandmaster of the Six Samurai are also US exclusives. If someone could forward me the list at jaelove@gmail.com, I would love you forever.

Note to designer of Allure of Darkness and Darklord Zerato: Please kindly step away from the game. I think you are an epic failure and a disgrace to competitive balance. I realize you need to make these new, hot, broken cards to sell extra boxes, but try to think of the ramifications of a card like Allure of Darkness. The fact that UDE, which generally purports to support us and try to uphold the competitive balance of the game, is DESIGNING these atrocities amazes me to no end.

See, basic decks don't have access to Foolish Burial in a monster and Raigeki in a monster and certainly not anything remotely resembling Allure of Darkness (/cuerant).

Allure of Darkness is one of the most ridiculous cards ever designed, not because it's too broken but because of the sheer idiocy involved in producing it. Let's summarize my key points:

1) Dark monsters are ALREADY the strongest type in the game. You do not need to give it #2.
2) No other theme or subtype has a ridiculous draw engine such as Allure of Darkness backing it up. It synergizes far too well with Return/Dimension Fusion and Escape (brilliantly released in this set as well, please continue failing). In fact, in certain key situations a topdecked Allure is even better than a topdecked Pot of Greed or Graceful Charity!
3) Destiny Draw is also splashable in the DaD deck, a design lapse that was clearly never intended and reeks of epic failure. Ban Stratos? Or should we create more free 1800+ floaters.
4) Refer to point two. It is incredibly important. Giving so much support to the strongest type (as opposed to Wind or Fire) is seriously absurd. It is also some of the best deck consistency supporting stuff in the game, and basically forces everyone to play Dark monsters because of the Allure engine.

Please create a card for the next set (I know you can), a Counter Trap that negates the effect of any Dark monster and sends it back to the deck (or destroys it). You've created a monster. (/endrant)

Darklord Zerato is basically a free Raigeki when you special summon it. And with cards like Sarcophagus and Armageddon Knight, it is quite easy to get it out for free and destroy the opponent's entire board (not to mention, DaD can do that as well so Zerato isn't even needed most of the time).

Traditional: 1/5
Advanced: 1/5 (epic failure of design, clearly intended to spur on fad sales of the new set while breaking DaD Return as the de facto king supreme dominant cookie cutter)
Master Tricks
Darklord Zerato
    We finish up the week with on of the best cards produced from Phantom Darkness and one of the most valuable, playable secret rares created; Darklord Zerato, the sinister, darker version of Archlord Zerato. Here is a list of the pros about Darklord Zerato and how it is used in duels in the metagame we're in:
  1. You can use Trade-In on it since it is a Level 8 monster.
  2. You can use Allure of Darkness on it since it is a Dark-Attribute monster.
  3. If you have 4 or more dark monsters in your graveyard, you can tribute summon it with only 1 monster.
  4. Fearsome 2800 ATK to crush Monarchs, Jinzo, and matchup with DMoC.
  5. By discarding a Dark Monster from your hand, you can destroy all monsters on your opponent's field to clear a pathway for direct attacks for your army of Dark monsters. (Note: It self-destructs at the end phase if you activate his monster-destruction effect)
  6. You can combo with the combo mentioned in "1" by using Monster Reborn, Premature Burial, etc. to revive it from the graveyard and control the field.
  7. You can combo with the combo mentioned in "2" by using Escape from the Dark Dimension, D.D.R., D.D.M. - Different DImension Master, DImension FUsion, etc. to special summon it when removed from play.
    This card is an essential card for a Dark Armed Dragon deck and is something we'll need to identify to counter Dark Armed Dragon decks. Have a great weekend guys!
Traditional: 4.5/5
Advanced: 5/5
Art: 5/5
- Master Tricks :)
Pwii Happy friday! woohoo! up next is darklord zerato.

well, the summoning condition sucks, so you'll probably have to include some tribute support, maybe masoleum of the emporor? anyways, the effect rocks, and this will probably be seen the most blasting your opponent's feild before using return. nice...

3.5/5 all.


Friday March 28th:  Darklord Zerato


By this time I should be watching 21, but I'll leave you off with one more review.  Today we're talking about Darklord Zerato.  Darklord is one of the mainstay Darks that makes Dark Armed Return so brutal.  By discarding 1 Dark from your hand, you unleash a Raigeki on your opponent.  Funny seeing how most of the wins ends up because this card is revived from the Remove From Play area


I'm sure none of you care about it self destructing in the end phase when you actually use that effect




Trad:  5/5

Advanced:  5/5


My first perfect rating evar (I think)


Until Next Time



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